Orange Beach Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch Thursday, August 26, 2021
Police Officer Brandon Ard died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while assigned to Beach Patrol.
Officer Ard was a U.S. Navy veteran and he had served with the Orange Beach Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his two daughters.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.